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Resignation of Iranian Academy of Arts secretary finally accepted

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Iranian Academy of Arts secretary Bahman Namvar-Motlaq once again resigned last week. This time, his resignation was accepted by IAA director Ali Mo'allem Damghani, the Persian service of the Mehr News Agency reported on Saturday.

"We had previously exerted much effort on certain issues that I was trying once again to pursue under the new management. However, my views came into conflict with the new management's plans," Namvar-Motlaq said.

In addition, he said that he resigned to follow academic pursuits.

Mo'allem Damghani had refused to accept Namvar-Motlaq's first resignation in December at the time when he was appointed as IAA director.

Poet Mo'allem Damghani succeeded painter and architect Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the major rival of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the 2009 presidential election.

The appointment occurred following the Iranian government's decision to modify article 8 of the IAA charter. The modification empowered the Supreme Cultural Revolution Council, headed by the president, to appoint the IAA director.

According to the former article, the director was selected by the IAA General Assembly from among three nominees.

A number of IAA members raised objections to the government's decision, threatening to resign if a director is imposed upon the academy.

Mo'allem Damghani has previously rejected the resignation of IAA's Art Research Center director Hassan Bolkhari.

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